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McGOWAN – Lizzie Irene (Maggie) (nee Perfect)

November 11,1917 – December 30, 2010

Lizzie Irene (Maggie) McGowan (nee Perfect), beloved wife of the late Charles McGowan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at the age of 93.

Irene was born in Wimbledon, London, England and married the love of her life on October 18th, 1941.  After the Second World War (1945) and as a War Bride, Irene and her young daughter travelled to Calgary to join Charles.  Calgary then became their home.  After Irene’s children were all of school age, Irene joined the Bay as an employee working in the fabric department and retired after twenty-five years.  Besides working full time and raising a family, Irene enjoyed and was extremely talented at sewing and numerous other crafts. Irene was a beautiful lady both from the inside and out and always extending her hand to help those in need.  Irene will always be remembered for her warm smile and generosity. 

Irene is survived by her three children, Mary-Jane, Terry (Linda) and Teresa (Terry), all of Calgary; six grandchildren, Kari (Tim), Marnie (Andrew), Ashley, Craig (Laura), Grant (Nicole), and Colin (Ryann); and seven great grandchildren, Reece, Ryley, Kale, Isabelle, Charlea, Tyler and Calleigh.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.    Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

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In living memory of Lizzie McGowan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Though I hadn’t been in touch for several years I will always remember Maggie for her gentle kindness and unwavering support when I needed it. You never had to explain anything…she always seemed to understand. She was like a second mum for a while and I thought the world of her.
    May you rest peacefullly in God’s arms, Maggie.

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  3. Gerald and Charlotte McMorris :

    Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.
    We have lovely memories of a truly gracious and warm hearted lady.

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  4. Colin,

    I was sad to see that you lost your grandmother.

    I also let Edna Platts know, too.

    Please take care of yourself and your mom.

    Your friend,

    Laurie Dolph

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  5. Dear Colin,

    I’m sorry to see that your grandmother passed away. I still have one of your stories from Grade 6 at HH school (1990?)

    Former teacher and friend,

    Edna Platts

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  6. Donna Oliva-Quarin :

    Dear Mary Jane, Terry And Teresa
    I was reading the obituary page on Friday Jan 7th and noticed the name McGowan and recognized your mother (Rene`s) picture. So sorry. My condolences to you all. Do you remember Aunty Anne. I am her neice from Coleman. I remember you all from our youthful days and often thought of you. My prayers and blessing to your family. Reading the obituary brought back many memories of your mother, father and family.
    Your friend Donna Oliva-Quarin

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  7. Lorna Mochinski :

    I was so saddened to hear of Maggie’s passing. I remember Maggie well in my early childhood days when I visited my Aunt Anne and Uncle Bill who were good neighbors and friends to Maggie and Charles. Terry, Theresa and I played together as children. My visits from the Crowsnest Pass were short but I felt much love in the McGowan home and have lovely fond memories of the McGowan family.

    My deepest sympathy to the family.

    Lorna Mochinski (nee Oliva)

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